Signs you are getting older is when you need to get a blood pressure monitor after your annual health checkup. I went for my annual health checkup on 8th July 2022, and the doctor mentioned that my blood pressure was slightly above the normal range.
Based on HealthHub.sg, I fall under the High-Normal BP range and doctor ask me to watch my salt intake.
|Normal BP||< 120||< 80|
|High-Normal BP||120 – 139||80 – 89|
|Stage 1 Hypertension||140 – 159||90 – 99|
|Stage 2 Hypertension||> 160||> 100|
So I decided to get a blood pressure monitor for home use to monitor my blood pressure regularly.
I think the most common brand of blood pressure monitor is Omron. I changed upon the Omron Upper Arm Blood Pressure Monitor (JPN500) on Lazada when it was having a flash sale. This model is made in Japan and comes with a 5-year local warranty.
The usual retail price is S$129. During the flash sale, it dropped to S$115, and after deducting all the vouchers, I paid S$104 for it.
You can power this blood pressure monitor using 4x AA batteries which are included in the packaging, or via the optional Omron AC Adapter (HHP-CM01).
I am unsure whether it is because of an “outside home” environment, but my blood pressure range was normal when I measured at home. For the past week, every day I measured, both my Systolic and Diastolic readings were normal. Though for my Systolic reading, it is within the upper bound of the normal range (110 – 119). My Diastolic reading is perfectly normal (60 – 70).